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Iftar mass at the Al Oswah Al Hasanah mosque in Sharjah.

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2024, 6:00 am

Last update: Wednesday March 27, 2024, 7:07

A beloved tradition unfolds every night during Ramadan in the courtyard of Al Oswah Al Hasanah Mosque in Sharjah. Here, a group of Emiratis, with the support of the local community, gather to offer iftar meals to those observing the fast.

For the past two years, this dedicated team of volunteers has selflessly dedicated their time to organizing and preparing iftar meals in front of Al Oswah Al Hasanah Mosque. Without any financial compensation, they diligently prepared the space and made everyone feel welcome.

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Abdulla Al Jumairi, one of the Emiratis organizing this iftar, explained: “This is our second year here; previously, we held these gatherings in our old neighborhood. During our youth, we got into the habit of ending our fast at the mosque with our parents… Passing them on from generation to generation, today we impart these traditions to the youngest members of our community.”

Abdulla Al Jumairi

Abdulla Al Jumairi

Talking about his commitment to attending gathering daily during Ramadan and giving up iftar at home with family, he said: “We never get tired of coming here. This is voluntary and it is our duty to contribute to our country through volunteering.” .

Expats from different countries come together daily to participate in the mass iftar and help out. Jaan from Pakistan shared, “When I first witnessed this event two years ago, I was moved to see such a heartwarming initiative, prompting me to return daily during Ramadan to lend a hand.”



Additionally, people from the local community, spanning different age groups, participate by helping prepare meals and contributing their dishes to share.

The spirit of togetherness extends to delivery drivers, workers and passersby on the street. You are welcome to join in breaking your fast at this community gathering: families, parents and children alike.

The beneficiaries expressed their gratitude for the generosity shown towards them during Ramadan and through this collective effort, leaving a lasting impression on all who participated.

Sajid Hussain from Pakistan expressed his happiness and said, “I come here daily; they give us food for iftar and this is not something new in the UAE.”

Abdullah Al Jumairi mentioned that they eat iftar with them every day and explained: “These are our brothers who work with us, and most of them know me personally. We pray in the same mosque; they work for us in our homes or for our neighbors “

He added: “As Sheikh Sultan, ruler of Sharjah, said, we should not make them feel alienated, and we should teach our children and the next generation these traditions and customs.”


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